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Yacub Addy Receives NEA National Heritage Fellowship

Yacub Addy accepts his NEA National Heritage Fellowship award from National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Ladesman at an awards ceremony at the Library of Congress on September 22, 2010. The NEA National Heritage Fellowships are the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. At the ceremony, Rocco Landesman said, "A master of the traditional Ga music, Yacub Addy is a generous mentor of aspiring drummers as well as a collaborator with jazz and popular musicians, who has created new works that speak to issues of social and cultural relevance today."

Yacub Addy’s Odadaa! performs in Obama Inaugural Event

Yacub Addy and Odadaa! are so proud to have appeared at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC with Wynton Marsalis in “LET FREEDOM SWING: A CELEBRATION OF AMERICA”, an event honoring President Barack Obama's Inauguration and Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday on 01/19/09.

Jazz titan Marsalis and retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor led the all-star event which included many jazz greats and hosts Angela Basset and Courtney Vance.

Yacub Addy’s Odadaa! played with Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, performing "Ajeseke", a dynamic piece from Congo Square, the ground-breaking two hour co-composition Addy and Marsalis wrote together.

Odadaa! and Congo Square featured in series at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
10/7/08 - 11/1/08

Tues Oct 7, 7-9 pm: Showing of documentary Fauberg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans in Davis Auditorium in Palamountain Hall.

Wed Oct 15, 7-9 pm: Showing of the DVD Congo Square, the performance of Yacub Addy and Wynton Marsalis's composition at the 07 Montreal Jazz Festival, in Davis Auditorium in Palamountain Hall.

Thurs Oct 23, 8-9:15 pm: "Challenges of Creating Congo Square: Working With Wynton," a lecture-demonstration by Yacub and Amina Addy Yacub and Amina Addy will present a lecture-demonstration re Mr. Addy's acclaimed collaboration with Wynton Marsalis which incorporates video footage of the New Orleans premiere and 07 Montreal Jazz Festival concert, photos by Jazz at Lincoln Center's award winning photographer Frank Stewart, personal stories of the history of the collaboration, demonstration of rhythms incorporated into the piece, and q&a. Filene Recital Hall.

Sat Nov 1, 8-10 pm: Yacub Addy's Odadaa!, traditional and creative music and dance from Ghana, concert in Filene Recital Hall.

Yacub and the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet
Yacub sits in with the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet on the main stage of the Albany Tulip Festival on a beautiful sunny Sunday in Washington Park in Albany, NY.

Congo Square DVD signing at Barnes & Noble
5/3/08 - 5/4/08
Yacub Addy appears for two signings of the Congo Square DVD at the Niskayuna and Saratoga Springs Barns & Noble stores in upstate New York.  Yacub discusses the creation of the Congo Square music with his wife/manager Amina; he performs with 3 members of Odadaa! in Niskayuna, and in Saratoga Springs with his Skidmore College West African Drum Ensemble class.

Congo Square DVD review
If you've got blood in your veins, Congo Square will move it. This collaboration of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Ghanaian percussion ensemble Odadaa! boils with intensity from start to finish, a fitting tribute to Congo Square, once a tiny island of release for the slaves of New Orleans.

This music is an accessible and exuberant achievement, a tonic for the pop weary. It richly deserves an audience.”

- Mike Hopping
Asheville, NC

Congo Square DVD released by Shanachie Entertainment
The DVD captures the exceptional 2-hour performance of Congo Square (composed by Wynton Marsalis and Yacub Addy) at the Montreal Jazz Festival 2007. The piece was also performed by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Yacub Addy’s ensemble Odadaa!.  Available from Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, Netflix, and Emarcy Records (for international purchases).

Bravo! Canada broadcasts documentary about Congo Square
The 48-minute long documentary was produced by Amerimage-Spectra of Montreal, CA, and was narrated by Michelle Lee. A 57-minute international version of the documentary has also been produced by Amerimage-Spectra and is now available to international television stations.

Yacub in Burbank, CA, to remix Congo Square in 5.1 Surround Sound
Yacub Addy spent a week in Burbank, CA, at Glenwood Studios with renowned producer Delfeayo Marsalis and engineer Patrick Smith (of the Tonight Show), remixing the Congo Square recording in 5.1 surround sound for later release.

Congo Square nominated for Grawemeyer Award
Adina Williams of noted classical and jazz music publisher Boosey & Hawkes nominates Congo Square, the heralded co-composition by Wynton Marsalis and Yacub Addy, for a Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.

• Boosey & Hawkes

Congo Square released on iTunes
congo square CDWritten by Yacub Addy and Wynton Marsalis as a continuous composition with 15 movements, it’s best to purchase the whole album, then you also receive a digital copy of the 28-page booklet with informative articles by Yacub Addy and Wynton Marsalis, and song translations. Just type in “Yacub Addy” and you will find the listing.

Sundance Channel Features Congo Square
The Sundance Channel premieres an episode of their program Iconoclasts regarding Wynton Marsalis and New Orleans chef John Besh. Produced by Grey Goose Entertainment, the segment features the Congo Square project with footage of New York rehearsals at Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Montreal Jazz Festival performance, including the action backstage.

Sundance Channel

Congo Square's Second National Tour
Second national tour of Congo Square by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Yacub Addy and Odadaa!.

Tour schedule:

6/14: Rochester, NY Jazz Festival, Eastman Theater
6/15: Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
6/16: Bushkill, PA, Mountain Laurel Center
6/17: Columbia, MD, Columbia Festival
6/18: Cleveland, OH, Allen Theater
6/19: Milwaukee, WI, Milwaukee Symphony/Milwaukee Theater
6/21: Grand Rapids, MI, Orchestra Hall
6/22: Detroit, MI, Orchestra Hall
6/23: Chicogo, IL, Ravinia Festival
6/24: Vail, CO, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
6/25: Denver, CO, Denver Botanical Gardens
6/26: Aspen, CO, Jazz Aspen
6/28: Montreal, CA, The Montreal Jazz Festival

Congo Square 2-CD Set is Released by Jazz at Lincoln Center
Recorded in late night sessions on the stage at Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, May 7-8, 2006 after New Orleans premiere and East Coast tour from Florida to New York. Available at http://www.jalc.org/congo/